Bedene vs. Klizan / ATP Chennai – The first match that we will analyse from the ATP Chennai is duel of the second round between Britoin A. Bedene and fourth seed Slovak M. Klizan. In the first round Bedene defeated G. Garcia-Lopez without dropping a set, while Klizan, being one of seeds, was free in the first round. Last year’s winner is S. Wawrinka who had defeated B. Coric in the final. Begins: 05.01.2017 – 10:00 CET
Bedene had ruined his rating from 2015 when he was 45th ranked player. Based on that, although it is easy to guess that 2016 will not be remembered nicely by the former Slovenian and now Briton, this year is chance for Bedene to show his full potential. He currently occupies 101 position in the ATP rank list and he hasn’t won a professional title. He was closest to win his first ATP title in 2015 right here in Chennai, where he played in the final but was defeated by S. Wawrinka.
Regarding results made last season it is important to add that Bedene had played the best again in Chennai and we can only conclude that he local tennis courts suit him. Last year he reached the semi-final when B. Coric defeated him after three very uncertain sets. The Briton ended almost all other tournaments in first two rounds except the Roland Garros, where he played in the third round when was defeated by N. Djokovic.
Klizan is at the moment 35th ranked player in the world and he has won five ATP titles, out of which two in last season in Rotterdam and Hamburg. His best rating comes from 2015 when he occupied 24th place in the ATP rank list, while last year his score is 106 wins and the same number of defeats. Besides the two titles that made great surprise, Klizan didn’t make too many good results last year.
Before start of tournaments in Rotterdam and Hamburg no one gave him chance given that he ended most of tournaments in the first round. However, the Slovak had showed that he can surprise and win title when it was the least expected. Besides the said tournaments he made a good result in Sophia, where he played in the semi-final when was defeated by V. Troicki 2-1.
A. Bedene – M. Klizan PICK
Head-to-head between the two players is 1-1 but both matches were played five years ago in 2012. Bedene had an upper hand in Belgrade 6-4, 7-6, while Klizan retaliated in Umag 6-2, 6-2. If we take into account only won titles and their rankings Klizan should be regarded as favourite, however, Bedene had continuity last year, while Klizan played well only occasionally. Besides, the Briton has played very well in the first round against G. Garcia-Lopez so we have decided to give him a slight advantage in this match.
Pick: Bedene wins
Odds: 1.67 at betvictor (down to 1.62 can be played)